The most astonishing sight you are ever likely to witness in your lifetime will be visible to much of the U.S. this summer.
Something amazing is coming to the United States very soon, something that you may never witness again in your lifetime, so you’d better take advantage of it. The first total solar eclipse to take place in the continentl United States since 1979 will be happening this summer over a large stretch of the U.S., stretching from Oregon all the way to South Carolina.
People from all around the world are planning trips to stand in this 70 mile wide swatch of the country where the eclipse will be total rather than partial. On the day in those areas, the Earth will turn pitch black in the middle of the day for a few minutes, with nothing but a brilliant ring in the sky visible around them.
The path will run through 14 states coast to coast on Aug. 21, lasting anywhere from 2 minutes to 2 minutes, 40 seconds.
The last time a solar eclipse even touched the United States was in 1991, when one passed over Hawaii.
“On 2017 August 21, a total eclipse of the Sun is visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses the United States of America,” reads a NASA statement about the eclipse. “The path of the Moon’s umbral shadow begins in northern Pacific and crosses the USA from west to east through parts of the following states: Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina (note: only a tiny corner of Montana and Iowa are in the eclipse path). The Moon’s penumbral shadow produces a partial eclipse visible from a much larger region covering most of North America.”